Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Oct 2013 23:54 UTC
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Happy Hangul Day! October 9th is a South Korean national holiday held in honor of the invention of the Korean writing system, which experts have called the most "scientific" (also "ingenious," "rational," "subtle," "simple," "efficient," "remarkable") writing system ever devised.

It's a bit outside of OSNews' regular stuff (although not unheard of), but as a language specialist myself, Korean, and Hangul in particular, has fascinated me for quite a while now. In contrast to other writing systems, which have developed over centuries - or millennia - without clear guidance, Hangul was more or less designed and set in stone 600 years ago, specifically for the Korean language. It is an absolutely beautiful alphabet, with a clear structure, and a unique way of organising letters - they are grouped in square morpho-syllabic blocks. To the untrained eye, Hangul may resemble e.g. Chinese characters - however, each 'character' actually consists of several letters.

Even though I'm not a programmer myself, Im pretty sure those of you who are will find Hangul fascinating. Due to its structured nature, it's incredibly easy to learn - I taught myself to read and write Hangul in a matter of days - and once you do take a few hours to grasp the basics, you'll surely come to appreciate its innate beauty and structure.

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RE[7]: No.
by jal_ on Tue 15th Oct 2013 11:29 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: No."
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The original premise was "MRI scans show that people actually think differently when they use different languages". That is untrue. The fact that you find it difficult to learn Japanese is unrelated. The fact that Japanese has a rather strong head-final word order or is pro-drop or whatever feature English doesn't have and makes it difficult to learn does not mean that an MRI scan can show the difference, nor does it mean that one "thinks differently" (a rather Whorfian statement).

After some quick research, it seems that fMRI scans can show differences between two languages. See e.g. here:

any neural differences between the bilingual's two languages [are] being principled and predictable based on the morphosyntactic differences between Spanish and English.

So I was wrong about that. It may be the original poster confused "differences in fMRI scans" with "different thinking". For the latter, see e.g. here:

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